Its not that easy.

People compliment the cakes I make all the time. I’ll admit, the ones I photograph and show off are some of my best ones and I dont think I’ve ever had anyone say they didnt like one of my designs. In fact, I’ve had so much positive feedback that I started to believe that I really do them as effortlessly as I try to portray – and thats dumb.

The truth is, they dont always work out for me. Some cakes, like the hotdog cake take me only an hour and a half, and they go together so easily that even I cant believe how simple it is. Others, like the princess castle take longer, but again – no real problems putting it all together. Then there was Moms birthday cake.

It wasnt supposed to be that hard; she asked for a cake shaped like the cartoon character TAZ. I planned it out, had a design in mind and bright and early the day before her party I started to put it all together. Everything that could go wrong went wrong after that. The cakes baked too high in the center, and then when I took them out of the pan I noticed I made a mistake in choosing the type of cake. I used just regular vanilla cake batter and it was way too soft and fluffy – absolutely no structural integrity at all! I kept going though, thinking I’d work around the issue but after 4 hours of decorating, the entire cake broke, crumbled and ended up in a huge gooey mess on my counter. I was m-a-d!

With my kitchen a huge mess and no cake to show for it I had to come up with a back up plan. Then I started thinking about how this will effect my cake shop if it happens there. Here at home, with the cake being for my mothers birthday I had options, but when the client is paying and the delivery is set for the actual party, I’m going to need some serious backup procedures in place.

Here at home, I ended up cleaning the kitchen, baking an 8" (3" high) cake and covering it in the pink fondant that had originally been designated for the tounge of the cake sculpture. I freehand drew a pic of taz on the surface and the next morning I painted it. The ending result was still a very nice cake, but not at all what I had intended. Mom enjoyed it though and I have to admit; I got a bit of a kick making her cake, when my whole life she has always made mine :).

2 Comments

  1. what? super-berni has her own kryptonite? i’m sure you’ll learn all about backup cakes in your class (as well as through experience). maybe just a few frozen cakes set aside for just in case? anyway, you may have had one bad experience with the taz cake, but you learned from it and you can’t deny that you actually have a natural affinity for the cake decorating.

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  2. No one expects perfection all the time, but I still think your cakes are incredible! You have amazing talent!How are you doing? Sounds like you had a busy Christmas season!

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